John Wainscott, Acting Area Manager and Mid-Rotation Forester, Weyerhaeuser Company, Hot Springs, Arkansas
Throughout his 33-year career with Weyerhaeuser Company, John Wainscott has taught all age groups about the environmental and economic issues related to forests, forest management, and the forest products industry through forest tours, classroom visits, and civic presentations. When the PLT program was introduced to Arkansas in 1988, John was one of the first foresters trained as a PLT facilitator, and in turn he has trained hundreds of educators around the state. Since 2002, he has made a special point of reaching out to urban educators, leading four to five PLT workshops every year in Arkansas’s major cities to provide teachers with the confidence and means to teach lessons outside. For years, he has worked in his local school district as a classroom mentor; he trained the entire faculty of Jessieville Schools in the use of PLT at one of their required in-service days. John is currently working with teachers and students at Jessieville High School to construct a school nature trail and teaching them to use stream monitoring equipment and technology such as GIS and GPS to plot the location of trees on the school campus. John is an active member of Arkansas’s PLT state steering committee.
John was named National PLT Outstanding Educator Honoree in 2007.